Strawberry Jam, Simple Syrup, Blueberries
Finding great naturals (ones that are as clean as they are expressive) are hard to do in general. So when we’re always a bit nervous about what will come across our cupping table since our Ethiopia natural offering is one of our staples each year. We’re happy to present Looko, sourced by Osito, out Connecticut, for the 2021-2022 season. Looko kebele is located in Odo Shakiso within the Oromia Region and Guji Zone. At present, Ture and Assefa, the founders of Sooko Coffee, the producers and exporters of this coffee, are only producing naturally-processed coffees with cherry sourced from the surrounding kebeles.
Most of the cherry being delivered are one of two varieties; Gibirinna 74110 and Serto 74112. Both of these are from the Metu Bishari selections made in the forest of the same name in the Illubabor Zone by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) in 1974. They were selected for their resistance to Coffee Berry Disease (CBD). Now, they are some of the most propagated varieties in Ethiopia.
Andy’s Score: 87
Melanie’s Score: 87
- Produced by: Sooko Coffee
- Kebele/Town: Looko
- District: Odo Shakiso
- Zone: Guji
- Harvest Season: November - January
- Altitude (masl): 2173 (drying beds)
- Varieties: Primarily Gibirinna 74110 and Serto